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by Published on 2015-11-06 06:59 PM

The Opening Ceremony has Started!
Stay tuned for updates as they happen.

Update 3:05 PM EST: Players who pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Legion digitally can immediately boost one character of their choosing to level 100
Update 3:02 PM EST: World of Warcraft: Legion will launch in summer 2016 (winter 2016 in regions in southern hemisphere; on or before September 21, 2016)
Update 3:02 PM EST: Artifact weapon previews are up!
Update 3:02 PM EST: Overwatch launches Spring 2016.
Update 3:01 PM EST: Pre-purchasing gives a Widowmaker skin.
Update 3:00 PM EST: The collector's edition comes with the soundtrack, art book, and Solider 76 statue.
Update 2:59 PM EST: Overwatch is coming to console and PC at the same time.
Update 2:55 PM EST: Overwatch will include all 21 heroes, maps, content, and features when you buy it. The Origins version will include 5 skins, along with some content for other Blizzard games.
Update 2:53 PM EST: Mei is a new hero with an ice weapon. Genji is Hanzo's brother.
Update 2:51 PM EST: D.va is a new hero with a mechanical suit that can be used or she can get out of it to fight.
Update 2:50 PM EST: Overwatch is getting three new heroes, along with a new map.
Update 2:45 PM EST: The League of Explorers launches this Thursday!
Update 2:43 PM EST: The Golden Monkey replaces your hand and deck with legendary minions
Update 2:42 PM EST: New mechanic: Discover - Pick one of three random cards
Update 2:40 PM EST: Hearthstone is getting a new adventure, The League of Explorers.
Update 2:37 PM EST: Legion, Overwatch, and Overwatch Origins preorders are live.
Update 2:36 PM EST: Everyone else will have party with someone who has Cho'gall and play 2 games to get him. If you play 4 partied games with people that don't have him, you get some gold.
Update 2:35 PM EST: Cho'gall is free to Blizzcon and Virtual Ticket attendees, as well as a few other random players.
Update 2:31 PM EST: New hereos: Lunara, Greymane, Cho'gall (one hero, two players). New map, can't attack the core directly.
Update 2:28 PM EST: Heroes is getting a new game mode: The Arena. Less rules, multiple of the same hero, small single objective battleground.
Update 2:24 PM EST: Warcraft trailer is playing
Update 2:23 PM EST: Duncan Jones and some of the Warcraft movie cast are on stage
Update 2:15 PM EST: Starcraft 2 mission packs are coming in Spring 2016 with the rest by December 2016.
Update 2:10 PM EST: Starcraft cinematics are playing
Update 2:09 PM EST: Brightpaw the Mana Kitty is this year's charity pet!
Update 2:05 PM EST: Mike Morhaime is on the stage
Update 2:04 PM EST: Polygon spoiled the Star Nova Covert Ops DLC announcement.
Update 2:00 PM EST: Starcraft recap video playing













by Published on 2015-11-06 05:51 PM

Update (1:45 PM EST): The BuyOverwatch site is live, but 404ing.

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony in 1 Hour
Hold on to your hats and join us in the chat for the biggest Blizzcon viewing party! Keep checking back to explore the new content as we update live during the panels!





Blizzcon 2015 Schedule
Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.
by Published on 2015-11-06 05:50 PM

Activision Blizzard Studios to Create Original Film and TV Content
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on the company's extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties. Activision Blizzard's owned content includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, Diablo®, Hearthstone® and StarCraft®. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, along with a senior creative executive who will be announced soon.


Activision Blizzard Studios' first production will be "Skylanders™ Academy," an animated TV series based on the award-winning Skylanders® game. Currently in production under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers ("Futurama"), "Skylanders™ Academy" will feature the voices of Justin Long ("Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Ask Me Anything") as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale ("Phineas and Ferb," "High School Musical") as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul") as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald ("Saturday Night Live") as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011i.

Another near-term initiative for Activision Blizzard Studios will be the development of a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare remains the number one-selling title on next-generation consolesii and today marks the launch of the highly-anticipated new Call of Duty®: Black Ops III. Activision Blizzard Studios envisions a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.

"Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television," said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. "Activision Blizzard Studios is yet another way we're celebrating our players and fans, and we expect that our film and television productions will entertain and delight whole new audiences, as well. I'm excited that Nick and his team will be leading this important new growth opportunity for Activision Blizzard."

Kotick added, "We intend to approach film and television development with the same unwavering commitment to excellence we are known for in game development."

Nick van Dyk, formerly a long-time Walt Disney Company senior executive, will serve as Activision Blizzard Studios' Co-President, alongside a top creative executive who will be announced soon. Van Dyk will have responsibility for distribution, physical production, strategy, finance and operations and will co-manage all aspects of the studio. Before joining Activision Blizzard last year, van Dyk spent nine years at Disney where, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, he helped drive Disney's focus on franchise intellectual property and played a significant role in the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Prior to that, van Dyk was part of Artisan Entertainment's senior management team.

"Activision Blizzard Studios has the unique advantage of starting with a library of world-class intellectual property that includes some of the largest franchises which have not yet been developed in film and television," said van Dyk. "Our library spans more than 30 years of global entertainment culture and, in the last 12 months alone, fans of Activision Blizzard properties have played and watched our games online for more than 13 billion hours. This gives us a huge, passionate and deeply-engaged audience that is hungry for more great content built from the universes they already know and love—and which are extremely broad in their appeal."

Van Dyk added, "Activision Blizzard Studios is not just an exciting new business for our company, it is a synergistic complement to our core business. Our movies and shows will benefit from the remarkable IP created in our games and will further increase the awareness of, engagement with and passion for our franchises."

Activision Blizzard Studios is another important step in the company's strategy of expanding the platforms through which it offers its compelling intellectual property to existing fans and new audiences around the world.

The founding of Activision Blizzard Studios follows the company's announcement on Oct. 22 of a new esports division headed by former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein and Major League Gaming co-founder and president Mike Sepso. The esports division will build on the company's competitive gaming leadership by creating all-new ways to deliver the best-in-class fan experience across games, platforms and geographies, furthering the development of its world-leading esports ecosystem. Activision Blizzard's other divisions are Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment. On Nov. 2, the company announced its plans to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the creators of the Candy Crush®, Farm Heroes®, Pet Rescue® and Bubble Witch® franchises, which will make it a new global leader in mobile gaming.
by Published on 2015-11-06 02:03 AM

Update (9:30 PM EST): Overwatch Origins will come with a Baby Winston Pet

Legion Releasing by September 2016
Legion website updates are happening!

  • The regular version costs $50
  • The Digital Deluxe edition costs $70.
  • Pre-purchasing gives you a Level 100 Boost.
  • Pre-purchasing gives you at least one week early access to the Demon Hunter class.
  • You will need a level 70 character to create a Demon Hunter and you can only have one Demon Hunter per realm.
  • Legion is expected to release on or before 09/21/2016. This is not a release date.


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